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Athens

The city of the Violet Crown

The city of Athens is the largest city in Greece and its capital. It was named after Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. It is also known as “the city of the Violet Crown.” There are a couple of theories about why the city got its nickname. The first relates to the translation of Greece’s previous name Ionia (named after King Ion). Ion translates to mean violet in Greek and Athens is where King Ion was crowned. The other theory comes from a line in a poem by a Greek Poet called Pinda it says: ” City of light, which thy violet crown, beloved of the poets, thou art the bulwark of Greece.”

The flights from Auckland to Athens take over 26 hours, depending on the airline and transit points chosen. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.

Some important places to visit are as follows:

The Acropolis, it translates to “high city” in Greek. It is a rocky hill made of limestone rock, situated in the middle of Athens. On its level top there are three temples: the Parthenon, the Erechtheum and the temple of Athena Nike. The Parthenon is a temple built by the ancient Greeks for the goddess Athena. They built their important temples on the rocky fortified hilltop with sturdy fortress walls to guard and protect them. People could retreat to the Acropolis when the city was in danger or under invasion.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus or Columns of the Olympian Zeus, it was previously a colossal temple in the middle of Athens.

Piraeus, a Port city in Athens located in the region of Attica about 12 kilometres southwest of the city centre. It is situated on the east coast of the Saronic Gulf. It is the location where the ships that transport you to the Islands leave from.

The Archaeological Museum, one of the most important museums on the world dedicated to ancient Greek art and is home to a splendid collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide.

Monastiraki is located on the north side of the Acropolis, it is one of the oldest and liveliest areas of Athens, crammed with rooftop bars, colourful terraces, enormous markets and ancient sights. Such as Hadrian’s library, which was created by Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD132. It contained reading rooms, teaching rooms, gardens and a pond as well as three stories housing lots of books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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